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BROKEN TO GLOW: LOSS, GRIEF AND MERCY

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It wasn’t supposed to end this way. Doug and Mimi Marchewka endured more than enough breathless moments after their only son, Hudson was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Its what CF families are told to expect. When Your Boy Has Cystic Fibrosis In November 2018 Hudson began palliative home care. Doctors warned they were facing their last Christmas together. They braced themselves. Talking to the head nurse of home care in December was sobering as she asked if the Woods had the funeral home they would be using picked yet. It hit home that he really didn’t have a lot of time left. Hudson was a big fan of Thomas the Tank Engine. One of his last family experiences was singing…

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TO ALL FIRST RESPONDERS

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They call him “Tuna.” He’s the kind of guy you want around in an emergency, not only because he’s a Paramedic but also because he could lift a truck if need be to save someone. Crazy Tough Before moving to Edmonton, Charles Blades competed on the Nova Scotia provincial rugby team, as well as a Pittsburgh rugby team, so you know he’s a bit crazy and tough. And I’m proud of the way he is using his abilities to serve people in the greater Edmonton area everyday. He’s one of Edmonton’s first responders who run in when others are running out. He’s my brother-in-law. This is a shout out to every first responder at Christmastime. Gratitude for how the women…

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NORTH POINTE STRONG

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Preparing for round 3. It’s not exactly what I had planned for Christmas this year. The timing of my “bad” days will put me right on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. With all that has been going on we weren’t able to host our annual events or have the house filled with family and friends on a rotating basis. It’s been a bit hard knowing that my favorite season has been and continues to be tainted by all this. Angela Hawrylak is a fighter. She is battling cancer – the fight of a lifetime. This is her second bout. In 2013 she was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s Follicular Lymphoma – stage 3. Angela possesses a resolute courage that is helping…

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A CREATURE WAS STIRRING

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“His hair was shoulder-length, his youthful face hid behind an abundance of shaggy beard. Over tight, faded blue jeans and an old, bulky knit, he had thrown his pride and joy — a sheepskin wrap.” Where were you when you first heard Jerry Forbes reading A Creature Was Stirring? For me it was December 1990, in our ’82 Cutlass Sierra, the radio dial tuned to Edmonton’s 630 CHED. Our family moved to Edmonton that August. We never heard of Santas Anonymous or Jerry Forbes. After listening to – or more accurately, experiencing – the recording, I would never forget it. A Christmas Classic Forbes first aired what has become a Christmas classic in 1966. His piece of creative writing –…

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CHRISTMAS MAKES EVERYTHING NEW

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Love makes a promise to me and you, Christmas makes everything new. Changing Everything Christmas divides time into BC and AD – “Anno Domini” – “The year of our Lord.” Christmas changes how we spell God – “E-M-M-A-N-U-E-L” – “God is with us.” Broken relationships, broken hearts, and broken dreams can be restored because of Christmas. A New Way Of Knowing God Christmas is the answer to the quandary of a man who told me, “For me, God is a big entity somewhere out there. He is neither personal, nor caring, nor loving. Never has been. At least not for me. How do I shed a harsh image of God? This is the only God I know. I can’t seem…

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WHY THE WRIGHT BROTHERS GOT IT RIGHT

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115 years ago today (December 17, 1903), the brothers Wright on a field in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, lifted off to the sky and into history. Their 59-second flight at an altitude of 120 feet and at the speed of a jog was all it took to set in motion the winds of technological of change. Samuel Langley A few hundred miles away, Samuel Langley was recovering from his humiliation over a similar attempt that ended in failure when his test flight landed in the Potomac River. The Wright brothers and Langley were trying to achieve the SAME goal – they were both building the SAME project. BOTH the Wrights and Langley had a bold goal – build the world’s…

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MARY DID YOU KNOW?

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“If anyone knew Jesus was virgin born, it was Mary and her silence at the cross is proof, I think, that her story was indeed true.” Mark Lowry crafted the lyrics of a song that’s become a Christmas favorite on par with White Christmas and Silent Night. The prose of Mary, Did You Know? ignites imaginations with some of the deepest mysteries of Christmas. Lowry’s mother, Bev, gave him the spark of his original idea. WHAT DID MARY KNOW? Mark says, “I just tried to put into words the unfathomable. I started thinking of the questions I would have for her if I were to sit down & have coffee with Mary.” He wondered if Mary realized the tiny hands…

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ADVICE TO YOUNG LEADERS: GEORGE H.W. BUSH

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“I love you more than tongue can tell.” When George H.W. Bush was preparing to accept the Republican presidential nomination in 1988, he sent his speechwriter a list of notions that he believed best represented him. “Words I like: family, loyalty, kids, freedom, grandkids, caring, love, heart, decency, faith, honor, service to country, pride, fair play, tolerance, strength, hope, healing kindness, excellence…I like people; I’m proud of the USA; I like sports; I’m experienced; I love kids.” Yes, he loved kids so much he mentions them twice. President Bush passed away on November 30, 2018. Family is the cornerstone of his legacy. Family First There are things that could be said critically about his Presidency but make no mistake –…

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THE GIRL WITH THE HOLES IN HER HEART

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When you’re seven years old and God spares the life of your little sister you want to say “Thank you” in a big way. That’s why Aden Yerichuk will be in the foyer of North Pointe offering hot chocolate for everyone  on Sunday December 9th and 16th. The Gift Of Twins It was Aden’s idea to send any donations he receives for his festive beverages to the Stollery Children’s Hospital. It’s his birthday on January 8th and Aden doesn’t plan to be at a party. Not every seven-year-old looks forward to being at a hospital on their birthday but that’s Aden’s chosen location. He will present the Stollery a gift on his birthday and it will come wrapped in gratitude….

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BE A GOOD SAMARITAN OF MENTAL HEALTH

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Brock Harrison was going about his life as a new dad and speechwriter for the leader of a political party when it hit him. It presented innocuously enough as panic attacks. Sitting down at his computer brought sudden and paralyzing physiological discomfort. He had experienced the odd panic attack in the past, but they were periodic and easy to shake off. These were different. He physically couldn’t work. Darkest Times Being depressed means you’re never present. You don’t experience life the way most people do. A casual conversation can be torture. Comprehending a simple written sentence requires effort. Eating? Forget it. Your appetite is long gone. You can’t engage in life because you’re constantly fighting your mind. Brock says, “Fortunately,…

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